The period to submit an Annual Grants 2020 application has now closed. Please sign up for our newsletter for updates on future calls for proposals

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for Annual Grants. We will select approximately 23 grants up to a maximum of $20,000 each; you may apply for additional funding of up to $3,000 to assist with access costs.

Organizations can apply for grants in one of the following areas:

1. Gender-based violence:
Programs, projects and initiatives that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, and their children, who have experienced violence, that aim to promote violence prevention, or that support systemic change efforts related to gender-based violence.

2. Economic security:
Programs, projects, and initiatives that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people to lift them and their children out of poverty and into financial independence.

3. Girls’ empowerment:
Programs, projects, and initiatives that support girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary youth aged 9-13 in supportive, all-girl environments to build confidence, resilience, and critical thinking skills needed to face life’s challenges.

4. Inclusive leadership:
Programs, projects, and initiatives that support women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people to practice leadership skills and help participants understand that there is more than one way to lead.


To be considered for an Annual Grant, your program, project or initiative is required to meet the following:

  • Women or gender equality organizations with significant experience in working with women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary peoples such as shelters, sexual assault centres, women’s centres, and organizations providing a continuum of services and connection to the community
  • Understand the intersection of inequity and barriers to participation factors such as race, class, gender, and sexual identity, (dis)ability, immigration status, language, or geography
  • Use an asset-based, positive approach that centres participants’ knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrate approaches to create and maintain safer/braver spaces during program time that encourage participants to speak up, and consideration given to the safety of program participants and staff outside of program spaces
  • Must have valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency or be a First Nation that is designated by Canada Revenue Agency as a qualified donee or be working with a partner who fits this eligibility requirement.

Interested organizations are invited to submit a full proposal using the online form including detailed project outline or timeline, budget, and partner letters.

The submission deadline is Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered.

Please note that we will only accept one application per organization in this grant stream. If Canadian Women’s Foundation has funded a project previously, you may reapply, but note that we do not fund the same project more than three times.


If you have any questions about your application, please check the grant guidelines, proposal instructions, and the FAQ document.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail or telephone:

Phone: 416-365-1444           Fax: 416-365-1745
Toll free: 1-866-293-4483           TTY: 416-365-1732

Jacqueline Hall (ext. 231)

Rifka Khalilieh (ext. 223)

The Annual Grants are made possible by the following generous donors to the Canadian Women’s Foundation:

Major Funding Partners

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Canadian Women’s Foundation Supporters:

Roslyn Bern, The Leacross Foundation, Dr. Kristin Blakely, Canadian Natural, The Body Shop, Nancy Coxford, Facebook, Julie and Rick George, Giant Tiger Stores Ltd., Google Inc., Lynda Hamilton, The Haynes-Connell Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation, Kruger Inc., Anne Larson, Ruth Mandel WHO GIVES Fund, Tony McNaughton Memorial Fund, Paula Menendez and Julie Crocker Memorial Fund, Andrea Miller, Margaret Newall, Nutrien, Praxair Canada Inc., Pulse Seismic Inc., Aimee Quitevis Memorial Fund, Raintree Financial Solutions Inc., Reitmans (Canada) Ltd., Ricki’s, Rogers, Scotiabank, La Maison Simons Inc., Ann Southam Empowerment Fund at Canadian Women’s Foundation, TD Bank Financial Group, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, WomenSense and our many other corporate partners, individual donors, and private family foundations throughout the country.



1. Read the grant guidelines to see if your proposal fits the criteria.

2. Read the application instructions.

3. Read the frequently asked questions.

4. Register for or watch our webinars:

Subventions annuelles :
Ce que vous devez savoir (in French)

Annual Grants:
What You Need to Know

Annual Grants:
What You Need to Know – Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00pm EST